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In the Spring of 1988, Bishop William D. Keeler formed a new parish to accommodate the rapid growth in Silver Spring Township and named Reverend James R. O’Brien as the founding pastor. That same year, Mother Katharine Drexel was beatified by Pope John Paul, II. Saint Katharine DrexelAt Bishop Keeler’s request, the Holy Father gave his permission to name the Parish in Silver Spring Township as the first parish in the world to be named in her honor. Eighteen years later, on October 1, 2000, Blessed Katharine Drexel was canonized and the church’s name changed to Saint Katharine Drexel.

The Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Family, guided by the Holy Spirit, commits itself to reaching out and sharing with all people the love and service modeled by our patroness, with the Eucharist as our source of strength. Through prayer and action, we will serve God, our Lord and Savior, and our community, exhibiting a special concern for the poor, oppressed and marginalized of our society, especially those among the African-American & Native-American peoples.


Sunday, May 24, 2015 – A Message from Father Michael

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Following his resurrection, “on the evening of the first day of the week, … Jesus came and stood before [the apostles].  ‘Peace be with you,’ he said.  … Then he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:19,23).  According to the Second Council of Constantinople, the Spirit was truly given here and the breathing on the disciples was not merely symbolic.  This action recalls Genesis 2:7, where God breathed on man and gave him the natural spirit, or life-force.  In the above Gospel passage, the apostles are given the life-force for supernatural life.  The apostles are created as new men, sons of God.

Following the Ascension of Jesus to heaven, Mary and the disciples returned from Mount Olivet to the city of Jerusalem, and went to the upstairs room where they were staying.  “Together, they devoted themselves to constant prayer” (Acts 1:14).  When the day of Pentecost came, “from up in the sky there came a noise like a strong, driving wind which was heard all through the house” (Acts 2:2).  “Tongues as of fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on each of them.  All were filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:3-4).

The sound of a great rush of wind presages a new action of God in the history of salvation.  The fire symbolizes the action of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, preparing them to proclaim the new covenant with its unique gifts of the Spirit.  This further giving of the Spirit is a more public charism for the Church as noted when all who were gathered “began to express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them” (Acts 2:4).  Additionally, the people who heard them received the charism of interpretation of tongues (Acts 2:6-12).

Celebrate well this Feast of Pentecost, giving thanks to God and remembering the Spirit he has given each of us: in our new life as children of God in Baptism and in the fullness of spiritual gifts in Confirmation.

Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us.


 Peace and prayers, Father Michael

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 Prayer of Pope Francis for the Synod on the Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may the approaching Synod of Bishops make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God's plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer. Amen.

Saint Katharine Drexel
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